NOTE: Paul Ney served as President of the Board of Trustees of Catholic Charities of Tennessee twice, once before his first "tour of duty" in Washington and once after. He was also instrumental in the success of several Celebration of Mission to Service fundraising events. ~ The following story was posted by The Tennessean on July 12, 2018. It was written by Michael Collins, The Tennessean.
Nashville attorney Paul Ney confirmed as general counsel for Department of Defense
Nashville attorney Paul Ney is going back to work for the Pentagon.
The Senate voted 70 to 23 on Thursday to confirm Ney as the general counsel for the Department of Defense. President Donald Trump nominated him for the job in January.
"Paul is well-qualified for this position," said Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn. "Paul's character, temperament and years of experience will serve the country well."
Ney has worked for the past two years in the Tennessee Attorney General's office where he currently serves as chief deputy attorney general. In that role, he coordinated and supervised legal work for all of the office's divisions.
His new position will give him a key role in the Defense Department, where he will weigh in on issues involving personnel, conduct and other matters.
It's not the first time he has worked for the military. He previously served as principal deputy general counsel of the Department of the Navy and as deputy general counsel for legal counsel in the Department of Defense.
Ney earned his law degree from Vanderbilt University.